Will the Red Wings land defenseman Ryan Suter as an unrestricted free agent? Perhaps, but it appears the franchise will have to wait until Monday for that decision.
In the meantime they altered their chemistry up front:
They brought back old friend Mikael Samuelsson with a two-year, $6 million deal. He is classic Detroit player: Skilled and versatile.
To add some sandpaper, the Red Wings landed Predators agitator Jordin Tootoo for three years, $5.7 million. Tootoo will replace free agent winger Tomas Holmstrom.
The team also made the signing of Swiss star Damien Brunner official. He’ll step into the hole vacated by Jiri Hudler, one of the team’s bigger 2011-12 disappointments.
“Brunner flat out flies,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told the Detroit Free Press. “He can skate and he can score and he's got high-end skill. He loves to score. He can play in our top six. He gives us a player for our top six.
“Now, the question is, he's never played on a smaller rink. But I loved him at Worlds. I think he has a chance to be a good player. I'm excited about having him. He gives us a right-hand shot on the power play. For me, it's a big deal. We sure think there's an opportunity here for him, now he has to do it. Going from the big ice to small ice, you never know for sure. But others have done it, so why can't this kid?”